Since I don’t have any background in music and I know nothing about music, I wanted to more focus on the music itself. I wanted to observed how people play music. For this assignment, I made 2 version of Vidia’s Patatap. The first version contains of totally random sounds. And for the second version, I tried to group the sounds and add piano sounds.
My goal for this assignment is to know how actually people explore music.
Vidia’s Random Patatap
Vidia’s Random Patatap contains of totally random sounds. I wondered how people play a musical instrument if the sound is totally random. And since I use keyboard for the interface, I thought adding the typed letter on the screen would help people remembering the sounds. This is the link to Vidia’s Random Patatap. And this is the link for the source code on Github.
This is the video of my friends playing the random one.
For the second version, I tried to use piano sounds and grouping the sounds. I grouped piano sounds, percussion, tambourine, ring sounds, bubble sounds, explosion sounds, etc. I wondered if the sounds are grouped, does it help people to memorize them?
And this is the video of my friends playing it.
It’s actually really interesting to observe how people play with it. For the first version (the random sounds version), people are more exploratory. Some of them just tried to memorize the sound by its location on keyboard without seeing the letter on screen. Once they hit the sounds that they like, they just repeated it and created a rhythm. But since there are letters on screen, some of them tried to explore by typing some words.
For the second version, since there were piano sounds, I was surprised that people tended to play around with the piano sounds even though they noticed that there were other sounds. They knew that the sounds were grouped, but since there were piano sounds, it was harder to be more exploratory and they felt more restricted.